Touch has a Memory

Social distancing is the new expression and the world is now as we never imagined it would be. We are abstaining from touch and are isolated in our own homes all around the world to protect the community. Globally, we are affected by the same experience as we battle COVID-19 together. There is an enormous understanding and compassion between us.

That is why now, more than ever, we need to remember what matters most. Each of us will have a unique answer to what is important, but at the end of the day, we simply need touch. Touch provides its own language of compassion, a language that is essential to what it means to be human.

Thanks to our dexterous hands we can give a pat on the back, or a caress of the arm. These are everyday, incidental gestures that we used to take for granted.

Holding Hands. Touch. Photo by Petar Pavlov.
She and He. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

Touch has a memory.

John Keats
A little dance of touch.
Little dance. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

A hand detail of an older woman.
Touch. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

I remember that feeling of skin. It’s

strange to remember touch more than thought. But my fingers

still tingle with it.

 – Lucy Christopher
Intertwined fingers, a couple holding hands.
Simple New York stories. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

Grazing touch, the language of hands by Petar Pavlov
Language of the hands. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

Sensual touch during a Tango dance.
Tango. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.

― Voltaire
Couple holding hands during a wedding ceremony
Wedding Ceremony. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

your hand

touching mine.

this is how



Sanober Khan
Gently holding hands during a conversation. Photo by Petar Pavlov
Conversation. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

To touch can be to give life.

Couple holding hands in New York before the pandemic. Photo by Petar Pavlov
Couple in New York. Photo by Petar Pavlov.

Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.

― Charles Eames

A Word about Touch from the Founder, Zest & Curiosity

We are currently living in uncertain times. Social Distancing is the norm. COVID-19 has spread all around the world and we daily practice social distancing and self-isolation, for the better of the whole community and for the protection of our families. It is important that we take responsible protective measures.

Even though this photo essay is about touch in a time of social distancing, it is the reflection of a very real human need and raises some of the difficulties of social distancing. We need to be responsible and protect our community, but also acknowledge our humanity. Please wash your hands and wear masks to protect others in this challenging time for all.

As Petar and I were working on a Short Story about Love in the Outbreak of Corona, we noticed that some of the pictures from previous events had a simple touch, people holding hands. It gave me the idea to go deeper into what touch meant through history, and even to read more about scientific research about the touch. Now, more than ever, that simple touch has such a profound meaning. Read more about a thought-provoking article on “The Science of Touch” by Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., Berkley.

All these moving photos are by Peter Pavlov. For more of his photography, check his Instagram, for design projects check his website, and don’t miss his latest dance film.

Enjoy this tender photo-essay, dear reader.

Be safe.

– Tijana, The Founder

Zest & Curiosity

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  • Andrej

    This is just sublime!

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you so much for your gracious comment. These are very challenging times for our planet. It is time for deep reflection and understanding the world around us.

  • Bea

    This is simply so beautiful! Bravo.,

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you so much! I am so delighted that you have liked it. These are challenging times. I have found these images to be so tender and evocative. Be safe.

  • sazehgar

    I love the collection of photos and texts
    When hands are deprived of touch
    The eyes touch it …
    Memory is repeated and revived

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      Thank you so much! It was a great joy to work on this article. We took for granted something so simple, yet essential. As we reflect more, we will find so many important things that we will appreciate and cherish in this new world that is awaiting for us.

  • Kirk Hanson

    Memories like this are ELECTRIC!

    • zestandcuriosity (author)

      So true. We are lucky to have memories of magical moments. These are strage times. So many simple things we crave. Lovely comment Kirk, thank you.

  • ben

    Way cool, some valid points! I appreciate you making this article available, the rest of the site is also high quality. Have a fun.

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